Cal Baseball Upsets No. 22 San Diego State, 5-3

March 1, 2008

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. - Behind the strong pitching of junior left-hander Craig Bennigson and a clutch three-run homer by senior second baseman Josh Satin, the University of California baseball team upset No. 22-ranked and host San Diego State, 5-3, Saturday even in the third day of the University of San Diego Tournament, held at Tony Gwynn Stadium on the San Diego State campus. The Golden Bears, who so far in the tournament have defeated No. 24 Fresno State, 14-4, and fell to No. 5 Missouri, 7-5, improved to 4-1-1. The Aztecs dropped to 5-3.

Benningson (2-0) picked up his second win of the season by throwing a career-high 8.0 innings with four hits, three runs, four walks and a career-high seven strikeouts. Junior closer Matt Gorgen picked up his first save of the season by throwing the bottom of the ninth (1.0 inning, one hit). It was Gorgen's 12th career save, placing him eighth on the Cal all-time career save list.

San Diego State had held a 3-2 advantage heading into the top of the seventh inning when sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus hit a one-out double to right field. San Diego State starting pitcher J.R. Murphy (0-1, 6.1 innings, seven hits, five runs, four walks, six strikeouts) then walked junior first baseman David Cooper before yielding a three-run home run to left field to Satin, who notched his third roundtripper of the year.

Cal had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Kobernus' RBI double, scoring sophomore designated hitter Rich Gorman, who had lead-off the game with a walk. The Aztecs came back with two runs in the bottom of the first on back-to-back doubles by Garett Green and Cory Vaughn off of Bennigson. The Bears tied the game, 2-2, in the top of the third inning on an RBI single to center field by junior right fielder Ryan Hanlon, but San Diego State again captured the lead, this time at 3-2, when Pat Colwell had an RBI single up the middle.

Besides Satin's key home run, sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson finished 3-for-5, while Kobernus and freshman Mark Canha, making his first collegiate start in left field, had two hits apiece.

Cal will next play No. 17-ranked University of San Diego in the tournament finale, Sunday, Mar. 2 at 1 p.m. at San Diego Cunningham Stadium.

Home Runs:

Cal: Satin, three-run homer in the seventh inning.

San Diego State: None.

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